Following the amazing success of the Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town CPD events in the last few years, the DAS Conference is expanding and hosted its first edition of “KZN – Building for now and the future” on 16 August 2018 at the aha Gateway Umhlanga Hotel.

With great expectation, some 160 architects, designers and other professionals in the built environment arrived to be treated by insightful talks, a wide range of product exhibitions by the sponsors, lucky draws, a goodie bag and good food.

Richard Stretton, founder of Koop Design, kicked off the educational part of the day talking about the materiality of the Lake House, a project that won a SAIA Award for Excellence 2017/18.

He was followed by JP de Marigny, professional architect at Craft of Architecture and 2017 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year, who gave an inspiring presentation exploring the potential of architecture for ecological conservation.

Discussing the challenges of conservation projects, Trish Emmett from Emmett Architects discussed the challenges of conservation projects. “On historical redevelopment projects, you do have limits of acceptable change,” she said. “Should you mix contemporary & historic architecture? Yes, it’s just not financially viable otherwise.”

Nathan Iyer, founder and chief creative director at Iyer Urban Design talked about the making of people-centred places and the form of future cities, saying that architects should focus on the performance of cities in meeting social and economic needs and understand context. “What we do is really about collaboration, intersection and design as a continuum of cross sectors,” he stated.

With much interest in the massive developments ongoing in the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastal region, Xolise Shabalala from Tongaat Hulett Developments unpacked some of the company’s pioneering projects.

Throughout the day, there was ample time for networking and engaging with product representatives showcasing some of the latest architectural product ranges.

Thank you to all the sponsors who helped to take DAS to Kwa-Zulu Natal for the first time: Marley Building Systems, Flowcrete, Derbit, Bluescope Steel Southern Africa, Chryso Southern Africa, FloorworX, Ceramic Industries, Tal, Tile Africa and International Slab Sales (ISS).

The final DAS event for 2018 will be held at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. To book, visit https://itickets.co.za/events/405415.

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